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22 Jul 2016

Organized Binder and Noncognitive Skills

This article by David Brooks in the New York Times highlights Paul Tough's emphasis on the importance of noncognitive skills. In his latest book, Tough asks, "how, concretely, can we improve students’ noncognitive skills." From my years of experience in the classroom I am convinced that in order for students to master noncognitive skills they require daily exposure to these skills. The trouble is that teachers are hired to teach content, where can teachers find the time (both planning time and class time) to also teach and model noncognitive skills.

Brooks said it this way, "Teachers are now called upon not only to teach biology but to create a culture: a culture of caring criticism, so students feel loved while they improve; a culture of belonging, so fragile students feel their work has value."

Organized Binder helps accomplish this and gives students daily exposure to many noncognitive skills. My hat is off to all of the educators around the country who use Organized Binder to create safer, more predictable, more dependable, and consistent classroom environments while giving students daily practice employing noncognitive skills, while simultaneously teaching the content of the course!

It is an honor to join you in this work!